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Downtown’s tax-exempt property, mapped!

August 5, 2013

If you grabbed a copy of Sunday’s paper you’d know that one third of downtown’s 1.2 billion in appraised property value is exempt from paying property taxes.  The combination of APSU, churches and government buildings throws downtown’s proportion far above the average for Montgomery County as a whole, where only 8 percent of property is exempt.

Those figures are based on data provided by the Montgomery County Tax Assessor (who was super helpful on this story – yay for public employees that respect the press!) and they included addresses.  So I thought I’d put together a map based on where those properties all downtown.  Check it out over on Cartodb. 

My big takeaway from the visualization is that downtown is simply covered in exempt property.

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to get Sunday’s paper you should check out my feature on the Jenkins & Wynne dealership’s departure.  It includes the phrases “multiple sources speaking on the condition of anonymity…” and this snazzy picture I took, what’s not to love?jenkins


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